Thursday 12 August 2010

Preview: Tiger-Cats (2-4) at Blue Bombers (2-4)


With the whole stadium debacle and relocation fears dominating the headlines this past week, I think we may have all forgotten that there is a football team preparing to play a football game.

After last week's thisclose-to-a-must-win over Winnipeg in the books, we now move on to this week's thisclose-to-a-must-win game in Winnipeg.

With Arland Bruce and Kevin Glenn clicking like they have been the last couple of games, the Cats have looked like the team many thought they'd be heading into the 2010 season. The Bombers seem to be settling in to what many thought they'd be: a competitive team that is about one year away from true contention. Now, to be fair, they have played the last three games with their backup QB, but that's not really an excuse because Steven Jyles was signed in the off-season to possibly be Winnipeg's starter.

In fairness to Jyles, he has looked very good in his three starts. There are rumours that Buck Pierce may play this week, but with the way Jyles has performed I would think it'd be wise to rest Pierce for one more week and let Jyles play the Tiger-Cats.

Aside from the stadium garbage, the Cats have had a pretty quiet week. It looks like there will be some players out of the lineup this week, most notably D-Lineman Justin Hickman, but for the most part the Cats have escaped the week without incident.

Much like last week, this is an important game. The Cats have yet to win on the road this season, and a victory over the Bombers would thrust them into sole possession of third place and give them the season series over the Bombers, three games to one. With it being likely that the Argos will lose to the Als this week, that would set up a "Showdown for Second" in Week 8, when the Cats travel to Toronto to face the Argos for the first game of their back-to-back, which culminates on Labour Day.

I'm sure this is the part that bores everyone, but once again AM900 CHML and Y108 will broadcast the game via radio, while you can watch the game (as I will) on TSN and TSN HD. Kickoff is at 8:30PM.

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